Composer Maria de Alvear presents the world premiere of Gran Sol at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. According to de Alvear, Gran Sol contemplates the gender of the brightest planet. Why is "el sol" a male noun in Spanish and "die Sonne" a female one in German? Find out as three outstanding female performers tackle the question. Alvear has been called by the Village Voice the most important emerging composer in Europe. She studied "new music theater" with Mauricio Kagel and also has worked extensively with musicians from Native American tribes in the Eastern U.S. and Canada. The composer has been hailed for intricately fashioned evening-length works such as Libertad, Sexo, Thinking, Vagina, and World. Though born in Madrid, she has lived for 17 years in Cologne. Alvear is joined by San Francisco cellist Joan Joanrenaud and classical Indian Dhrupad vocalist Amelia Cuni from Berlin.
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